EMU Student Government prepares for spring elections

Eastern Michigan University students seeking a way to get more involved in the campus community have the chance to have their voices heard. Student Government is now accepting applications for the positions of president and vice-president, and student senators.

SG’s role is to represent the student body as a whole. The 30-member senate works to promote the interests of EMU students to the Board of Regents and provides funding for homecoming, student organizations and free STD/HIV testing. SG also played a large role in working to have Pray-Harrold renovated in 2011.

Current Vice President Nino Monea, a senior majoring in political science and economics, has been involved with SG all four years he has attended EMU. One of his favorite aspects of being part of the organization is the opportunity to serve the community.

“The biggest benefit is the ability to give something back to the school,” Monea said.

The SG is autonomous, staffed entirely by EMU students and has its own budget of $250,000.

The positions are open to any currently enrolled student taking at least one credit hour worth of courses. Applicants must be in good judicial and academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students of all majors and ages may participate.

The application process involves collecting the signatures of a certain number of students – 50 for senators or 300 for president or vice-president.

“It’s a decent amount, but it gets you talking with students,” Monea said about the signature requirement. “The best way to learn what students are looking for in campus leaders is by going out and talking to them.”

One potential downside of having the job is the time commitment. Senators are required to attend bi-weekly meetings on Tuesday evenings, as well as individual committee meetings and SG events.

“There is gonna be a time constraint on you, but if you’ve got the hours and the willingness to serve, it’s gonna be a win-win.”

Monea stressed the importance of leadership skills, hard work and a passion for serving.

“It shouldn’t be about a resume-builder or money,” Monea said.

Another benefit, according to Monea, is the extensive networking opportunities.

“You’re gonna be with a bunch of other people who are interested in leadership and service,” Monea said.

SG will be accepting applications until Feb. 19. Voting will begin at 8 a.m. on March 26 and conclude at 8 p.m. on March 27. Results will be announced that night at 9 p.m.

Applications may be obtained at the SG main office is located in room 342 in the Student Center or online at emich.edu/studentgov/sg_documents/laws/php. For more information, contact Nino Monea at amonea@emich.edu.

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